“There’s an element of sexism in the way we talk about teachers. People talk about teachers in a way they don’t talk about firefighters and police officers, and they’re all public servants. There’s an animosity with respect to teachers that’s a function of sexism that, as I watch it happen more and more, bothers me to my core.”
I had this odd billeting board space over my objective board that I filled up with book cover. My kids love it and it brings extra special attention to the objective board :) #teachersofinstagram #objectiveboard #triedandtrue #elementaryteacher ... See MoreSee Less
Feet up Thursday! Long day setting up my classroom and meeting my new kids. Now home enjoying some sweet time with my siblings watching a movie 🍿 #teachersofinstagram #feetupthursday #almostweekend ... See MoreSee Less
Is this routine practice in (some) charter schools?
Raising teenage girls can be a tough job. Raising black teenage girls as white parents can be even tougher. Aaron and Colleen Cook knew that when they adopted their twin daughters, Mya and Deanna.
As spring came around this year, the girls, who just turned 16, told their parents they wanted to get braided hair extensions. Their parents happily obliged, wanting Mya and Deanna to feel closer to their black heritage.
But when the girls got to school, they were asked to step out of class. Both were given several infractions for violating the dress code. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, north of Boston, bans hair extensions in its dress code, deeming them "distracting."
When administrators asked the girls to remove their braids, Mya and Deanna refused.
The next day, Colleen and Aaron Cook came to the school where, they say, they were told the girls' hair needed to be "fixed." The Cooks refused, telling administrators that there was nothing wrong with the hairstyle.
Take a moment to return to this beloved TED Talk, where teacher Rita Pierson reminded her audience that "everyone in this room has been affected by a teacher." How she explains the responsibility – and opportunity – on every teacher's shoulders:
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A simple yet powerful message ❤️. www.facebook.com/1605007649590223/posts/1850430245047961/On July 31, 1968, a young, black man was reading the newspaper when he saw something that he had never seen before. With tears in his eyes, he started running and screaming throughout the house, calling for his mom. He would show his mom, and, she would gasp, seeing something she thought she would never see in her lifetime. Throughout the nation, there were similar reactions.
What they saw was Franklin Armstrong's first appearance on the iconic comic strip "Peanuts." Franklin would be 50 years old this year.
Franklin was "born" after a school teacher, Harriet Glickman, had written a letter to creator Charles M. Schulz after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot to death outside his Memphis hotel room.
Glickman, who had kids of her own and having worked with kids, was especially aware of the power of comics among the young. “And my feeling at the time was that I realized that black kids and white kids never saw themselves [depicted] together in the classroom,” she would say.
She would write, “Since the death of Martin Luther King, 'I’ve been asking myself what I can do to help change those conditions in our society which led to the assassination and which contribute to the vast sea of misunderstanding, hate, fear and violence.'”
Glickman asked Schulz if he could consider adding a black character to his popular comic strip, which she hoped would bring the country together and show people of color that they are not excluded from American society.
She had written to others as well, but the others feared it was too soon, that it may be costly to their careers, that the syndicate would drop them if they dared do something like that.
Charles Schulz did not have to respond to her letter, he could have just completely ignored it, and everyone would have forgotten about it. But, Schulz did take the time to respond, saying he was intrigued with the idea, but wasn't sure whether it would be right, coming from him, he didn't want to make matters worse, he felt that it may sound condescending to people of color.
Glickman did not give up, and continued communicating with Schulz, with Schulz surprisingly responding each time. She would even have black friends write to Schulz and explain to him what it would mean to them and gave him some suggestions on how to introduce such a character without offending anyone. This conversation would continue until one day, Schulz would tell Glickman to check her newspaper on July 31, 1968.
On that date, the cartoon, as created by Schulz, shows Charlie Brown meeting a new character, named Franklin. Other than his color, Franklin was just an ordinary kid who befriends and helps Charlie Brown. Franklin also mentions that his father was "over at Vietnam." At the end of the series, which lasted three strips, Charlie invites Franklin to spend the night one day so they can continue their friendship. [The original comic strip of Charlie Brown meeting Franklin is attached in the initial comments below, the picture attached here is Franklin meeting the rest of the Peanuts, including Linus. I just thought this was a good re-introduction of Franklin to the rest of the world - "I'm very glad to know you."
There was no big announcement, there was no big deal, it was just a natural conversation between two kids, whose obvious differences did not matter to them. And, the fact that Franklin's father was fighting for this country was also a very strong statement by Schulz.
Although Schulz never made a big deal over the inclusion of Franklin, there were many fans, especially in the South, who were very upset by it and that made national news. One Southern editor even said, “I don’t mind you having a black character, but please don’t show them in school together.”
It would eventually lead to a conversation between Schulz and the president of the comic's distribution company, who was concerned about the introduction of Franklin and how it might affect Schulz' popularity. Many newspapers during that time had threatened to cut the strip.
Schulz' response: "I remember telling Larry at the time about Franklin -- he wanted me to change it, and we talked about it for a long while on the phone, and I finally sighed and said, "Well, Larry, let's put it this way: Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How's that?"
Eventually, Franklin became a regular character in the comic strips, and, despite complaints, Franklin would be shown sitting in front of Peppermint Patty at school and playing center field on her baseball team.
More recently, Franklin is brought up on social media around Thanksgiving time, when the animated 1973 special "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" appears. Some people have blamed Schulz for showing Franklin sitting alone on the Thanksgiving table, while the other characters sit across him. But, Schulz did not have the same control over the animated cartoon on a television network that he did on his own comic strip in the newspapers.
But, he did have control over his own comic strip, and, he courageously decided to make a statement because of one brave school teacher who decided to ask a simple question.
Glickman would explain later that her parents were "concerned about others, and the values that they instilled in us about caring for and appreciating everyone of all colors and backgrounds — this is what we knew when we were growing up, that you cared about other people . . . And so, during the years, we were very aware of the issues of racism and civil rights in this country [when] black people had to sit at the back of the bus, black people couldn’t sit in the same seats in the restaurants that you could sit . . . Every day I would see, or read, about black children trying to get into school and seeing crowds of white people standing around spitting at them or yelling at them . . . and the beatings and the dogs and the hosings and the courage of so many people in that time."
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Enjoying the World Cup and learning about these amazing role models. I can’t wait to share this with my class next year. Talk about Social Intelligence! #CharacterMatters youtu.be/5VtimynfwIAJapanese and Senegalese supporters in the World Cup have been praised on social media as they cleared up their section before leaving the stadium following t... ... See MoreSee Less
Summer is here! But this busy momma and son just spent the last hour sitting quietly next to each other reading books 🙂 #ReadingTogether #SummerReading #HarryPotter #MotherSonBondingTime #BondingOverBooks #summer2018 #ReadingIsFun #ReadBabyRead #BookLover ... See MoreSee Less
Today I got a card from one of my student’s parent. She thanked me for “sparking the love and desire to go to UMBC” in her daughter. I teared up thinking about this bright little girl and how amazing she is. I can’t wait to see what amazing things she will do when she grows up. #umbc #retrieverfever #collegebound #endofschoolyear #lovemyjob #lovemystudents #gratitude ... See MoreSee Less
Between donations, my own collection of books and some I recently purchased... my classroom library is starting to grow. One less thing to worry about for next year #duallanguage classroom :) ... See MoreSee Less
Bring character and style to your classroom this year with this Shabby Chic & Burlap classroom set up and decor. This giant bundle includes many organizational labels, charts, and posters that bring soothing and elegant colors to your
I told my kids about this video today.. they were in shock that adults were unable to name a book they've read. Immediately, they listed 5 books they read this past weekend. I sure have hope for the future when I see my smart cookies loving to read so much in class and outside of class. #ReadingIsPower #ReadBabyRead #BooksOpenDoors #WhatBookAreYouReading ... See MoreSee Less
WVTM 13 Think you had a tough senior year of high school? Try getting up a 4 o'clock every morning and walking more than an hour to catch a city bus to school! Marlei Martinez WVTM 13 News has an incredible story about a Birmingham teen's long, hard road to graduation day.
I wasn’t feeling well this morning. When I woke up, I found this note. My heart melted. Being a teacher and a mom often means I miss out on putting my kiddo on the bus and field trips. Thankfully I have an awesome #sahd who make sure our bundle of joy is not missing out on anything. ... #teacherlife #blessed ... See MoreSee Less
To celebrate my mom today, I am sharing a picture that brings a big smile to my mom’s face and my sis @natalianaguirre Oh, BTW... the doodle is me because I didn’t get a chance to travel with them to Bolivia a few years back.
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I have not pulled a 12 hour work marathon since the beginning of school year but this week I had projects and presents done for my mentoring class so today I had to stay late to get grades done and get stuff ready for next week.
Anyone else pulling a 12 hours “shift”?
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